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Welcome to the Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder Website

Property tax law provides certain protections for applicable property when values decline under Proposition 8. We have put together a Prop 8 page which provides information, applications, and other useful links to answer many of your questions. Our goal as the A-C-R is to be proactive in recognizing reduction in property's value and ensure that no property owner pays more than their fair share of property taxes. Learn More


CLICK HERE to see the results of the 2015 Prop 8 Review


  

 News

Riverside County Press Release:

County assessment roll is the highest since 2008

Riverside County’s property assessment roll has been valued at $242.7 billion, a 5.78 percent increase from last year and the highest total assessment roll since 2008. The assessment roll is based upon assessed property values in Riverside County. Factors contributing to the increase include year-over-year growth in sales price in single-family homes and all other real-estate sectors, including commercial and industrial properties, vacant land and increased new construction. 

Please click here to view the full press release.

Real Estate Fraud

The District Attorney has teamed up with the Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder to help prevent real estate fraud. Property owners will be issued a Courtesy Notice when a deed, deed of trust or similar document has been recorded on any property in Riverside County. In addition, a Foreclosure and Loan Modification Advisory Letter will be issued when a Notice of Default has been recorded in Riverside County. Both will be issued within 30 days of document recordation. For more information please click here.

Submit Applications for Marriage Licenses and Fictitious Business Names Online  

In order to serve you better, the Riverside County Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder’s Office has improved our computer system.

On Monday, May 11, 2015, our new CLERK system went live. In addition to the current features, our improved CLERK system now offers the ability to submit online applications for Marriage Licenses and Fictitious Business Names.

NOTE: Personal attendance will still be required in order to complete the process.

Online searches of the Clerk Registry Index for Fictitious Business Names, Registered Notaries, Environmental Filings and Registrations are now available.

California Environmental Quality Act Environmental Filing Fees for 2015 

The Department of Fish and Game has issued the 2015 California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) filing fees. The new fees are effective January 1, 2015 pursuant to Fish & Game Code 713 which adjusts the filing fees annually based on changes to the Implicit Price Deflator for State and Local Government Purchases of Goods and Services as published by the U.S. Department of Commerce. For more information and the table of fees, please click here.

New Legislation Regarding Notaries Public (SB 1050)

Effective January 1, 2015, Civil Code section 1189 (a)(1)  is amended to read “Any certificate of acknowledgment taken within this state shall include a notice at the top of the certificate of acknowledgment in an enclosed box...This notice shall be legible.”

The notice at the top of acknowledgment certificate, execution or jurat shall read as follows:


Click here for sample Acknowledgment.
Click here for sample Jurat.

Please note: Documents notarized on or after January 1, 2015, will be required to have the new verbiage or they will be rejected.

Friday Wedding Ceremonies at Palm Springs City Hall

The Riverside Assessor-Clerk-Recorder added Palm Springs City Hall to the list of locations available for couples to marry. Palm Springs City Hall is located at 3200 E Tahquitz Canyon Way. Services at this location include issuing marriage licenses and performing ceremonies, and will be available every Friday from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Due to the volume of requests, appointments are required for issuing marriage licenses and performing civil marriage ceremonies. Appointments can be made by calling (760) 863-7505.

For this location, payment may only be made by check, debit card, or credit card. Cash will not be accepted. For more information please click here.

Riverside County Press Release:  

As recession fades, property tax bills will increase because of Prop. 8

If you paid a smaller tax bill in recent years because the Riverside County Assessor lowered your property value to match slumping real estate prices during the recession, you might see more than the typical 2 percent maximum increase on this year’s bill.

Please click here to view the full press release.
Please click here for more information on Proposition 8.

Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder and District Attorney Address Real Estate Scams

Riverside County Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder and District Attorney's Offices have joined together in a combined effort to stop scam artists from victimizing homeowners. To read the interview with CBS Local 2 / KESQ, please click here.

Documentary Transfer Tax/Exemptions

The Riverside County Recorder's Office is pursuing Documentary Transfer Tax on unrecorded documents when there is a change in ownership, as defined by Revenue and Taxation Code 64 (c) and (d), if the transaction involves real property within Riverside County. In addition, the exemptions from paying the tax that are identified in the Ordinance have been clarified so that they mirror the California Revenue and Taxation Code. Additional exemptions have been incorporated, and less frequently used exemptions have been removed. We have revised our Documentary Transfer Tax Affidavit, which will be effective December 1, 2014. We encourage everyone to use the new form going forward.

Click here to view the revised Documentary Transfer Tax Affidavit.
Click here to view the Notice Regarding DTT on Unrecorded Changes in Ownership.
Click here to view the Documentary Transfer Tax Information Sheet.
Click here to view the Documentary Transfer Tax Exemptions Pamphlet.

Should you have any questions regarding this matter, you may contact our office at (951) 486-7179.

Extended Hours for County Clerk Services

Beginning October 16, 2014 the County Clerk main office in Riverside (Gateway) will remain open until 7:00 pm on Thursdays only. The main office is located at 2720 Gateway Drive, Riverside, 92507.

The only services available will be: 
• Marriage licenses (by appointment only)
• Marriage ceremonies (by appointment only)
• Registrations (by appointment only)
• Certified copies of Official Records (1975 – 2014 only)
• Certified copies of Birth, Death and Marriage Certificates
• Fictitious Business Names

All marriage ceremony services must be paid in advance.  Payment is required upon scheduling and is non-refundable.  To schedule an appointment, please phone (951) 486-7000.  If calling from within Riverside County, please phone (800) 696-9144.  For hours of operation and services provided at other locations please click here.